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Cybersecurity Training: A guide on starting your career in Sunrise in 5 weeks even if you have no experience--without a student loan!

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Imagine you have completed your cybersecurity training and can now work in cybersecurity, where the demand for your skills was through the roof, far outstripping the supply. You already have the skills you need to succeed. How great would that be?

You have the option to choose the company that offers you the best salary, benefits, or opportunities to progress in your career.

But right now, here you are, stuck in either a dead-end job or worse yet, unemployed. You might have tried classes at the local community college, self-paced courses or even the four-year degree program at the local college. A student loan can be costly and has additional risks.

But, it doesn’t have to be like that.

There is a way you can start training for this field and be complete in just five weeks–without a student loan or any of the risks associated with one. If you are unemployed, you may be able to do it at no cost to you.

This article has all the answers. You just have to keep reading.

Table of Contents

Why Start A Career in Cyber Security

Why Cybersecurity Now?

What is Cybersecurity?

  • Cybersecurity is the protection and security of computer networks and systems from malicious attacks.
  • The practice includes ensuring that information technology infrastructure is protected against disruption while protecting data within a system or network.

Why Companies Think Cybersecurity Is So Important

  • Cybersecurity is essential because it protects identities and information from being stolen by hackers and foreign governments.
  • With the increase in cybercrime, it’s become more difficult to stay secure.
  • With the increasing cybercrime, it is important to protect our identities and personal data from being stolen by hackers or foreign governments as this protects us from financial loss.

Cybersecurity career: Why not?

  • The number of cybersecurity jobs has increased by 94% over the last six-years.
  • There’s no better time to begin a career as a cybersecurity professional if you are interested in a career that’s constantly changing and evolving.
  • Cybersecurity is a growing industry with a lot of different jobs that offer ample opportunity for career growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics job openings will almost double the annual number of workers entering this field.
  • This means that cybersecurity professionals should always be in demand.

How can you tell if you are a good candidate for cybersecurity work?

  • You need to be extremely passionate about technology and in particular, cybersecurity.
  • If you are not passionate about technology, it will be difficult to work remotely and remain focused on your job.
  • Also, you should be a problem solver, curious about how things work, as well a detail-oriented person.

What is the best way to make money in Cybersecurity?

Average Salaries

  • As of February 20, 2021, the average annual salary for cybersecurity professionals is $112 974
  • Cyber Security salaries average between $65,000 (25th and 75th percentiles) and $145,000.
  • Entry-level positions typically have lower salaries, but offer qualified work opportunities with increased responsibility and upward mobility.

Is it difficult to get a job as a cybersecurity professional?

  • Sometimes, not always.
  • It is important to understand that the demand for cybersecurity professionals will always be there, but you’ll have to be smart and strategic in your approach to getting into this career and how to advance.
  • According to a job survey, 70% said that certifications were the most important training they received for their careers. Only 10% said they have a bachelor’s degree, and only 5% said they have a master’s degree.

What are the responsibilities of entry-level people working in Cybersecurity?

As with any IT job you will work with computers. There are many tasks you will need to perform, including:

  • Development and maintenance of computer systems.
  • Troubleshooting the problems in the systems you are using.
  • Monitor systems for malicious activity, such as viruses and hackers.   
  • Preventing cyberattacks on computers or networks by investigating and preventing them.
  • Investigation of malicious Internet actions, including hacking, malware, and viruses.
  • Run tests to assess the security of computer systems within an organization.

The possibilities are endless.

Get Hired in Cybersecurity Even Without A Degree

How to get hired as a Cybersecurity professional even without a degree

  • CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ are the most important certifications you need if you are brand new to cybersecurity.
  • Here’s why: A little-known regulation by the government is DOD-8570.
  • Technically, it has been updated by DOD-8140 but still uses the DOD-8570 chart.
  • You need at least one of these certifications if your position might expose you to sensitive government information.
  • CompTIA Security+ is usually the minimum required.
  • Even companies that will never work with the government are asking for this certification.
  • CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ are prerequisites. You will need to have a solid foundation in order to take those courses.
  • You will be able to go further than a cybersecurity degree without certifications and you will also get there faster.
  • These certifications are highly desirable and will help you to be placed.

What is DOD-8570 and why does this matter in cybersecurity?

  • This federal directive is issued by the Department of Defense (DOD). It specifies that all US government agencies must adhere to specific cybersecurity requirements in order to protect information systems.
  • These terms are defined in the directive and banned from use by the DOD.
  • On November 20, 1985, the Defense Technical Information Center issued DOD-8570 (Defense Technical Information Center). Its purpose is ensure DoD information systems are protected against the vulnerabilities of classified and unclassified information.
  • What this means is that many positions in this field have a legal requirement that you must have at least one of the certifications listed for that position.
  • CompTIA Security+ is the minimum requirement.
  • The problem is that many companies, even those not doing business with the government will, require the same certifications.

What are the pros and cons of a Degree versus Certifications in Cybersecurity?

Degree vs Certifications

  • A degree in cybersecurity is more expensive than a certification and takes much longer.
  • Although the degree gives you a broad understanding that can be used in many industries, it does not have as many hands-on skills.
  • The right certification demonstrates that you have a specific skill the employer wants.
  • The law also requires you to have the right certification (see above).
  • All this is why, according to the recent Information Week Dark Reading salary survey 70% of cybersecurity workers said that certifications were their most important training. Only 10% said they have a bachelor’s degree while 5% said they have a master’s degree.

What Should Cybersecurity Training Look Like?

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic more people are looking for remote training. However, it is better to take LIVE classes than self-study.
  • It is a more enjoyable learning experience. You can also ask questions and view the answers of other students.
  • Record all classes, so you can easily go back later.
  • You should be able to repeat the classes again if needed at no extra charge.
  • You should have labs to allow you to practice. The more you practice the labs, you’ll be able to better understand and remember the concepts.
  • There should be practice exams so you can make sure you are ready before taking the exams. Ideally, there should also be chances to cram for the exam with the instructor.
  • Instructors should always be available to answer any additional questions.
Degree vs Certifications

How to get the cybersecurity training and certifications you need in five weeks-The Cybersecurity IT Pro program

Overview

  • Microsoft and the Computing Technology Industry Association are globally respected industry representatives. The Cyber Security IT Pro program curriculum and hands on labs were developed by Microsoft.
  • In order to meet the requirements of Defense Directive 8570.1, CompTIA has developed a curriculum authored by some of the world’s leading technologists and experts in education.
  • Directive 8570.1 requires individuals working in the private sector, government contractors or military personnel to receive training in Cyber Security and Information Assurance in order to strengthen and protect DoD information, information networks, and other resources.
  • Students will learn Cyber Security basics to help protect computers, mobile devices, as well as computer networks.
  • Students will learn how basic security services can be implemented on Microsoft Operating Systems-based computers and networks.

OUR CLASSES

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

  • We will show students basic software applications as well as how to set-up a computer system.
  • This course will show students how computers work and the various devices that are contained within them. Students will also learn how to support and maintain their computer systems.
  • We will introduce students to basic database and software development principles.
  • You will learn how to set up a home network and connect mobile devices to the internet.
  • Students will be able to understand security issues that affect network and computer usage.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if evening classes).

Microsoft 40032 Network And Security Fundamentals

  • This course will teach participants how to use advanced network infrastructures, protocols and services, security layers, Windows 10 Operating System Security and Advanced Network Security. It also addresses new security threats.
  • 40 hours (1 week if taking day classes, and 2 weeks if attending evening classes)

CompTIA A+

  • The program will provide students with the necessary computer skills to become computer support professionals.
  • Students will be able to perform basic networking and install, configure, diagnose, troubleshoot, and perform preventive maintenance.
  • Students who take this course will also handle PC hardware in a business setting, such as installing, troubleshooting, and replacing components.
  • The course also focuses on supporting and troubleshooting laptops, devices, printers, and smartphones.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if evening classes).

CompTIA Network+

  • This course teaches students how to configure and install TCP/IP clients.
  • By acquiring these skills, students will be able to troubleshoot, configure and manage wired and wireless networks.
  • Students will also be able to support emerging technologies such cloud-based computing or virtualization.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if evening classes).

CompTIA Security+

  • You will develop specific skills required for implementing basic security services on any type of computer network as you build on your knowledge of computer hardware, operating systems, and networks.
  • By practicing real-world troubleshooting, students will learn how to solve real-world problems in the area of security.
  • 40 hours (if you attend day classes, 2 weeks if evening classes).
Our Classes - The Cybersecurity IT Pro
Cybersecurity IT Pro-Program benefits

Benefits Of The Cyber Security IT Professional Program

  • In as little as five weeks, you can finish your training and be job-ready (or 10 weeks if taking night classes).
  • Classes are remote and live, which means you have a live instructor, making them interactive. However, you can also take them at your home.
  • You will have unlimited access to virtual labs for 6 months.
  • You can retake any class for free within six months
  • You can also take practice exams.
  • Exam Crams include.
  • Exam vouchers are also included.
  • Test pass guarantee.
  • Assistance with job placement is provided. Our full-time career services director can help you with your job hunt, including your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. We also have the ability to help you get past the applicant tracking software. We offer training to thousands of employees. Many of them are recruiters from us. Many of the jobs we have placed people into are not even advertised.
  • You can finish your training in just 5 weeks, or 10 weeks if your choose night classes. Then you are ready to start your new career.

How Do I Get Started for my Cybersecurity Training?

Let’s check your eligibility for the WIOA Grant. It could pay for this for you if you qualify.

Are you unemployed? There is a little-known federal grant program that can pay for you to get trained, certified, and placed in your career at no cost to you. Your location will determine your eligibility and the amount you receive. If you qualify, this program can pay up to $15,000 to get trained, certified, and then get help getting placed in your career. The amount and availability will vary depending on the county.

We can help you can apply for this grant if you are eligible. It will pay for the training that you need to help you advance in your career.

If you do not qualify for the WIOA grant, you have another risk-free option:

How to Start Your Cybersecurity Training-Without Risk!

A student loan is usually required to finance your education and training for a career. That can work out well for many people, but you need to be aware of the potential pitfalls:

This is where the problem lies: You are the one taking all the risks.

If you do not get a job right away, you still have to pay the loan.

If you are unable to find a job but then lose it a year later you won’t have any income but you have to continue making payments.

Let’s say you get a deferment. While you may not be making payments at the time, interest will continue to accrue. You owe more now than you did when you first started paying.
If you are in an accident and go for an extended time without work, your debt increases even further because of this interest.

The loan follows you around forever until it is paid off.
Everyone knows someone who has struggled with student loans.

What if there were a better way, so you could get the training you need to start this career, but still sleep at night.

Introducing the risk-free option: Income Share Agreements

Income Share Agreements are innovative and debt-free student financing options that help you to start your career in Sunrise even if you have no experience. If you are considering starting your career in Sunrise, try Income Share Agreements.


There is no initial cost or risk of money falling. In exchange for training and a fixed percentage of your salary, the income share agreement requires that you only work for at least the minimum income threshold.

This is a risk-free way to start in the cybersecurity field.

Your debt is not subject to interest. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get a job. You also don’t owe extra if you lose your job.

If you earn less than the minimum threshold (this varies by program) or lose your job, you don’t have to pay anything until you are working and making more than the threshold.

We offer an income sharing agreement that is risk free for anyone, even those with no experience or who are currently unemployed. This is because we are confident in the outcome. We don’t succeed, and you don’t have to work until you get paid. Try asking other schools if they will offer this!

A phone interview is required to see if this is right for you.

See if you qualify–make an appointment today!

Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Is Cybersecurity a Good Career?

The number of cybersecurity jobs increased by 94% in the last six years. If you are interested in a career that is constantly evolving and changing, this is the time to start a career as a cybersecurity professional. Cybersecurity is a fast-growing industry that offers many career opportunities. Cyberseek estimates that there are nearly 500,000 job opportunities. For example, the Tampa / St.Petersburg/ Clearwater job market has over 6,000 open positions. These numbers indicate that cybersecurity professionals must always be in demand.

Degree vs Certifications

A degree in cybersecurity is more expensive than a certification and takes much longer. Although the degree gives you a broad understanding that can be used in many industries, it does not have as many hands-on skills.
The right certification demonstrates that you have a specific skill the employer wants. The law also requires you to have the right certification (see above). All this is why, according to the recent Information Week Dark Reading salary survey 70% of cybersecurity workers said that certifications were their most important training. Only 10% said they have a bachelor’s degree while 5% said they have a master’s degree.

What is the Average Salary in Cybersecurity?

The average salary of cybersecurity professionals was $112974 in the United States on February 20, 2021. The average cybersecurity salary ranges between $65,000 (25%%) and $145,000 (15%). (75th%) Entry-level jobs typically offer lower salaries, but great work opportunities and greater responsibility.

How can I get trained in just five weeks?

Our Cyber Security IT Professional program is designed to do just that. The curriculum and hands-on labs are developed by Microsoft and the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) – globally recognized industry representatives.

How can I get hired as a Cybersecurity professional without a degree?

CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ are the most important certifications you need if you are brand new to cybersecurity. Here’s why: A little-known regulation by the government is DOD-8570. Technically, it has been updated by DOD-8140 but still uses the DOD-8570 chart. You need at least one of these certifications if your position might expose you to sensitive government information. CompTIA Security+ is usually the minimum required. Even companies that will never work with the government are asking for this certification. These certifications are highly desirable and will help you to be placed.

How do I get started with your cybersecurity training program?

Are you unemployed? If so, you may be eligible for a WIOA Grant that could pay for your training and job placement assistance (yes, that means it might be free if you qualify!) Call now or book an appointment for us to call you.